Crispy Banana Pops
Give generic or bagged cereals a try. Because of high advertising costs, brand-name boxed cereals are more expensive but not necessarily tastier or more healthful.
2 medium bananas
1/4 cup crisp rice cereal
1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
2 Tbsp chopped peanuts
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
Line a large plate with foil. Cut each banana crosswise into halves. Insert a wooden popsicle stick into cut end of each banana half. Place on prepared plate.
Cover bananas with plastic wrap. Place in freezer until firm, about 10 minutes.
Combine cereal, chocolate chips and peanuts in a shallow bowl; mix well. Uncover frozen bananas and brush with corn syrup.
Roll bananas in cereal mixture to coat. Loosely wrap each coated banana with plastic wrap. Store in freezer for about 10 minutes or until serving time. Serve frozen.
An inexpensive mini food processor or chopper will not only save you preparation time, it will save you cleanup time as well. Instead of dirtying a bowl with the cereal mixture, mound it on a waxed-paper lined plate. Then just lift the paper up, spreading the cereal mixture around the bananas to coat. This will keep your hands clean, too!